Today is Eoin Colfer‘s birthday, the genius mind behind the Artemis Fowl series and a range of other wonderful books. Normally I would have a review but I have yet to finish the book so you will just have to wait, instead we will just have to look at the author who has written many amazing books, and who is also the man who was entrusted with writing another book to add to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers trilogy. When asked about writing this new addition Colfer said was “like suddenly being offered the superpower of your choice…For years I have been finishing this incredible story in my head and now I have the opportunity to do it in the real world…It is a gift from the gods. So, thank you Thor and Odin.” As I mentioned in the Douglas Adams post, I think it was an excellent choice, he has yet to go wrong in my eyes; and, he also wrote a Doctor Who story, I mean is there anything he can’t do?
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Ireland and in 2001 published the very first Artemis Fowl book, and aren’t we very glad he did. This started off the worldwide attention and his Artemis Fowl series is still going strong with the latest book The Last Guardian released in 2012. There are also many other works away from Artemis such as The Supernaturalist, and The Half-moon Investigations, both possibly gaining sequels, as well as standalone novels The Wish List, and Airman. There is even, for avid Artemis fans, a rage of companion books that shed more light on the Artemis world, and Colfer is even part of a collaborative novel called Click that is described as “one novel, ten authors”.
In April, Colfer did a Virtually Live talk where he discussed his new book, and first book of a new series, W.A.R.P The Reluctant Assassin. The full talk can be watched here, it does go for 50 minutes but it is well worth it. Colfer discusses his new book, where he gets his ideas, as well as some very funny stories and even a little bit of magic. I have to say listening to his stories about writing in school were so inspiring and amazing, it was excellent. I always love listening to authors discuss their ideas and when they started writing or wanted to write, but listening to Colfer as he spoke about the way he created stories as a child was absolutely amazing to say the least.
W.A.R.P, which stands for Witness Anonymous Relocation Program, is his new series and the first book, The Reluctant Assassin, is about Riley, a orphan teenager living in Victorian London. I love when stories are set in the past, especially old London. There is something so great to read stories set in a real past, but with fiction in between it all. Riley is apprenticed to Mr Albert Garrick, an illusionist who uses his abilities to gain access to victim’s dwellings. However when the future and the past collide, Riley is unwittingly transported to modern day London, with Garrick alongside. In a modern day world, and with the help of a 17 year old FBI agent, Riley suddenly finds himself having to find Garrick and try and stop history from being rewritten.
Based on the summary of this first novel, I have to say I am super excited about this new series. I think the idea is creative; it does make me think a little bit of the weeping angels in Doctor Who which is not at all connected but interesting all the same, besides Colfer’s concept with most probably be less scary. With Colfer’s books, I trust that he will give us nothing but his best and create stories, characters, ideas, and worlds that we can engross ourselves in and stand by them long into the future; you only have to look at Artemis Fowl to know this is not only possible but very true.
So I would like to wish Eoin Colfer a very happy birthday, thank him for giving us not only giving the world the masterpiece that is everything Artemis, but all the other wonderful books he has written, and if you have not yet read anything by Colfer yet, I urge you to grab a copy of something, anything and bring yourself into the wonderful world and creations that Colfer has to offer.